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DRDCF announces Emergency Community Support Funding of up to $40,000 for the Upper Ottawa Valley

Sat May 23 2020 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


Emergency Community Support Fund
Application Launch
DRDCF announces Emergency Community Support Funding of up to $40,000 for the Upper Ottawa Valley
Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by Covid-19. Marginalized groups, youth, children, and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.

Launched on May 19, 2020 the Government of Canada's new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross.

The Deep River and District Community Foundation (DRDCF) are proud to be working with CFC, United Way of Eastern Ontario and the Government of Canada to deliver funding in the Upper Ottawa Valley to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, the DRDCF will be investing an additional $40,000 toward local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations. There is no minimum grant requirement.

Applicants must be a registered charity or qualified donee, as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Projects must:
- Serve one or more vulnerable populations in the Upper Ottawa Valley who have been affected by Covid-19
- Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by Covid-19
- Be carried out in a short timeframe with a reasonable budget, before March 31, 2021
Projects must not:
- Be designed for fundraising purposes
- Generate profits
- Take place outside of Canada

Eligible expenditures include reasonable and essential expenditures to carry out the project. These include:
- Wages and benefits
- Professional fees
- Travel and accommodations
- Materials and supplies
- Printing and communication
- Equipment rental/lease/maintenance
- Administration costs
- Disability support for staff

Funds will be disbursed as soon as possible and on a rolling basis. Applications must be submitted by July 27, 2020.

We invite interested applicants to join one of the following instructional webinars hosted by Employment and Social Development Canada. These webinars are designed to help applicants navigate the application process and aid them in the decision of where to apply. To register for a webinar:
- How to apply for the Emergency Community Support Fund - May 25, 2020, 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Visit the Community Foundations of Canada website to learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply, or apply now through CFC's national application portal.

- Application portal

- Applicant Guide (PDF)

- Application Form

- Government of Canada's new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

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Deep River and District Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1171
Deep River, Ontario, K0J 1P0
Registered Charity Business Number: 862079258RR0001

COVID-19 Message

Wed Apr 01 2020 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


Message from the Chair In this extraordinary time of the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage you to donate directly and as generously as possible to the organizations that are directly assisting people in North Renfrew to respond to it. The Deep River and District Community Foundation (DRDCF) continues its work in support of the North Renfrew community. We are still able to receive donations and to respond to charitable grant requests. If your organization is a qualified donee, you can apply for a DRDCF grant by completing and submitting our application form. The form is available on our website at and we can provide you some assistance to complete it. We are working entirely online, and are not currently conducting any Foundation work face-to-face or via personal contact. You can reach us by sending an email to . If you would like to volunteer to help where you can, the Ontario Government recommends contacting for a listing of current needs across the province. You can find reliable information about the COVID-19 pandemic on the following websites: • World Health Organization • Government of Canada • Government of Ontario • Renfrew County and District Health Unit We look toward to a positive and healthy future for our area after this crisis has been resolved. Michael Stephens

2020 International Women's Day Success Thank You

Mon Mar 30 2020 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


2020 International Women’s Day Fundraiser was a Great Success….Thank you Thank you so much, to all of the people and businesses that played a part in the great success of the 2020 Deep River and District International Women s Day Dinner Fundraiser March 9th hosted by Maven Catering and the organizing committee. This year we surpassed our target of raising over $10K through ticket sales, silent auction, 50/50 draw, and our sponsors. The money will be split equally between the Bernadette McCann House and the International Women s Day Endowment Fund held by the Deep River and District Community Foundation (DRDCF) which is invested in perpetuity and the income used to support women's issues. Your support will help our women and those in need in our community. These needs have been amplified by, recent world-wide events related to the COVID-19 Virus. The most vulnerable among us are even more at risk when we are all confined in self-isolation and quarantine. With Kind Regards, Maven Catering, DRDCF, and The Organizing Committee: Carolyn Arnold, Katie Wolk, Kathryn Cosgrove, Lisa Haynes, Meggan Vickerd, Jade Nauman and Dianne Lemire


Mon Jan 27 2020 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


Media Release

January 27, 2020

$15,000 grant from RBC Foundation awarded to North Renfrew Family Services

The North Renfrew Family Services (NRFS) has been selected by the Deep River and District Community Foundation (DRDCF) and the RBC Foundation to launch a North Renfrew oriented project, led by local youth to bring education, support, and awareness regarding mental health to youth and families between Deux Rivieres and Chalk River.

A $15,000 grant was recently awarded to NRFS by the DRDCF in association with the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge to help get the initiative off the ground.

The goal of this initiative is to help shift the power to young leaders, making a positive social or environmental change in their communities, while also enabling them to gain valuable skills and experience. As part of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, similar grants are contributed to youth-led projects in 150 communities across Canada.

Community Foundations of Canada CEO Andrew Chunilall described the youth leading recognized initiatives as contemporary leaders because of the immediate nature of their projects. “Young people are not future leaders—they are leading social and environmental change right now,” he said.

“We are honoured to play a role in the bold change that youth are leading across the country through this national initiative with RBC.”

Jeff Juby, Executive Director of NRFS says that “we are very excited, along with Kelly and Hudson our local youth leaders, to be able to offer this program to North Renfrew and bring about positive social change. We also acknowledge the efforts of our local community foundation to work tirelessly to acquire this grant of $15,000 to build up and make our community stronger and more resilient regarding mental health.”

The DRDCF and NRFS will be partnering to bring details about this youth-led initiative to North Renfrew at an event called “Vital Conversations” on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 6:30 pm. This event will be held at Deep River town hall and is organized to bring a wide spectrum of community partners and social service agencies together. Dianne Lemire, Publicity Committee Chair for the DRDCF, said that “we (the DRDCF) are honoured to be able to work with Community Foundations of Canada and the RBC Foundation to provide this generous grant from the RBC Foundation to the North Renfrew Family Services and local youth leaders to bring about focussed positive change within our community about mental health. We look forward to reporting back to our community about the success of the PEP-Talks youth-led project in the future.”

For more information contact:

Dianne Lemire 613.584.4874

Douglas Tennant 613.281.6967

2019 Reflections

Tue Dec 31 2019 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


We are thrilled with the wonderful support of our community and would like to thank everyone for your generous gifts of over $95k this year to the Deep River and District Community Foundation. This support is roughly in three categories: 1) donations from individuals $68k, 2) grants from other charities  $18k, and 3) local fundraising events (International Women's Day Dinner, Geekfest)  $9k. 
Through your generous donations, we have been able to continue to grow our funds and provide over $45k during 2019 for needed support to the community, by way of our grants and bursaries. We are extremely grateful!
Congratulations to 2019 Grant and Bursary Beneficiaries
Deep River Symphony Orchestra for its 2020 Outreach to schools and community
Town of Laurentian Hills to support the completion of the McConnell Creek Bridge
North Renfrew Family Services to support their counseling services
North Renfrew Family Services RBC Youth Initiative Public Education Program (PEP) Talks regarding Health and Well being for Youth
RBWM Historical Society for renovations to building at the School House Museum
Pembroke Boys and Girl Club for Summer Adventures Camp in Chalk River.
Bernadette McCann House General Support (50% from International Women’s Day Dinner)
Deep River library for their collection development
St. Mary’s School for new sports uniforms
Food Bank for general Support
And 5 Bursaries

2019 GeekFest Donation

Mon Jul 15 2019 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


The Deep River and District Community Foundation would like to thank the " 2019 Deep River GeekFest" organizing team of Diane Bossé, Jay Crawford, Donna Hogue and Tracy Echlin, and all their supporters for their generous donation of $2475 to the Deep River and District Community Foundation.
What a great way to give back to the community!!

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Sun Jun 30 2019 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


2019 – 2020 Board of Directors and Officers

Michael Stephens (Board Chair/ President)
Douglas Tennant (Board Vice-Chair/ Vice-President)
Carolyn Arnold (Chair of Finance Committee)
Martin Bagshaw (Chair of the Grants Committee)
Ike Dimayuga
Anne Hutton
Dianne Lemire (Chair of the Publicity Committee)
Jade Nauman
William Turner (Chair of the Governance Committee)

Treasurer: Glen Wolgemuth
Secretary: Cheryl Rhodes

Deep River and District Community Foundation

P.O. Box 1171

Deep River, Ontario, K0J 1P0

Registered Charity Business Number: 862079258RR0001


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